The Reality Illiteracy of those who Mock Conspiracy Theorists

by Anthony Wile
Daily Bell
January 29, 2012

From Social Psychological and Personality Science (SPPS), a journal from the independent publisher Sage Publications, comes an article that has predictably seen wide distribution on the Internet. It implies that those who believe in globalist conspiracy theories are illogical – even downright nutty.

The article is entitled  ”Dead and Alive: Beliefs in Contradictory Conspiracy Theories” and the thesis of the article is that people who believe in conspiracy theories eventually become so immersed in them and so mesmerized that they do not realize they are holding contradictory beliefs.

“Conspiracy theories can form a monological belief system: A self-sustaining worldview comprised of a network of mutually supportive beliefs. The present research shows that even mutually incompatible conspiracy theories are positively correlated in endorsement.” (SPPS Abstract)

“Conspiratorialists” become so distrustful of “government” and “authority” that they will impute any and every kind of malevolence to them.

Thus it is that people can claim, on the one hand, that Osama bin Laden is “dead” and died years ago, while simultaneously claiming that bin Laden remains alive and that US and Pakistan government authorities are not being truthful about him and his physical state.

Of course, I’ve never run into anyone, who claims that bin Laden is ALIVE. But it’s true that here at the Daily Bell we’ve run articles explaining that bin Laden probably died years ago. See, for instance, “Osama bin Laden is Dead Again?

The SPPS article would likely have you believe this is an outrageous conspiracy theory. But given that FOX news ran a report on bin Laden’s death in 2001, and given that Pakistan’s former president Benazir Bhutto herself claimed that bin Laden died in the early 2000s (supposedly as the result of an assassination), it doesn’t seem so far-fetched to speculate that bin Laden didn’t die as the result of a US raid in 2011.

But that’s almost minor stuff. Articles like this, despite their scientific patina, are deeply illiterate. Why so? Because invariably such articles won’t deal with the bedrock financial illiteracy of current economic and political paradigms.

Imagine if the world were based on lies. Well, unfortunately, that’s the truth. The lies go far beyond “who shot JFK” or whether the US government was directly or indirectly involved in 9/11.

When one uses the logical framework of Austrian, free-market analysis to analyze the Way the World Works in the modern age, one inevitably comes to the conclusion that modern society is built around fundamental untruths.

The first one is economic: It is the idea that central bankers can efficiently and effectively set the price of money. They cannot.

Every time central bankers decide on how much money to print or where short interest rates should be, the decisions are “fixing” prices – and price-fixing never works. Price-fixing distorts economies and causes a wealth shift from those who create it to those who don’t and may not know what to do with it. Over time, aggressively mis-priced money causes first recessions and then depressions.

The second lie is that laws and regulations are necessary and that they can save society from “anarchy.” In fact, anarchy is only the absence of government. That’s the real definition. And absence of government does not necessarily imply “chaos.” Just as setting interest rates fixes the price of money, so every law and regulation is a price fix as well, preventing someone from doing something within the context of the marketplace. This also constitutes a wealth transfer.

One can have a perfectly adequate and satisfying society without formal government, certainly without the kinds of intrusive and murderous governments we’ve got today. History is full of examples of societies that flourished with at least minimal government, especially societies where power truly flowed from the bottom up.

The third lie is that government is essential for purposes of defense and defending its citizens. But a quick survey of modern wars shows a disturbing tendency of governments – especially certain Western governments – to foment the very wars that citizens believe they’re being protected from.

War is the “health of the state” – the way that those in power consolidate their hold while punishing their enemies using phony pretexts having to do with “treason” and “leaking classified information.” Sound familiar?

It is what we call the Internet Reformation that has gradually shed light on the fundamental untruths permeating modern society in both the developed and developing world.

The Internet, like the Gutenberg Press before it, is a revolutionary device that has allowed people access to information that was hitherto denied or covered up, especially in the 20th century when the power elite‘s control over society was perhaps at its apex.

A conspiracy likely DOES exist. The Internet easily reveals not just facts that illuminate it, but also PATTERNS that show the same command-and-control strategies implemented throughout history, over and over.

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One Response to The Reality Illiteracy of those who Mock Conspiracy Theorists

  1. MajWilliamMartin says:

    The above LINK that Usama Bin Laden should have gone to where the People go for their NEWS, The Ones who when polled believe without a doubt that FOX NEWS is 100% Correct on EVERYTHING.

    It is with that, That I offer a link from Fox News where on December 26th, 2001 they reported that Usama Bin Laden (HAD DIED) in Tora Bora and his funeral was attended by 30+ Members.

    ” Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader.”

    Source: foxnews.com/story/0,2933,41576,00.html

    Now comes the Real Hoax, Colin Powell NEVER GAVE the “White Papers” to the Taliban that would show Bin Ladens connection to 9/11. Then we have to said “Mastermind” of 9/11 and 4 other on trial for the Hoax?

    Now after 10 Years of fighting the Taliban, V.P. Joe Biden just announced that the Taliban are NOT enemies of the United States. Tell that to the Seal Team 6 Shot down by a Taliban RPG.

    Source: blog.heritage.org/2011/12/20/morning-bell-biden-says-taliban-is-not-our-enemy/

    The White House confirmed Biden’s statement of Non-Enemy status.

    Source: foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/19/white-house-stands-by-biden-statement-that-taliban-isnt-us-enemy/

    What did Stratfor the Intelligence say of the White House story?

    ISLAMABAD – Globally recognised intelligence and forecast STRATFOR has rejected the US Central Intelligence Agency claim that the man killed in Abbottabads compound by US Naval SEALs was al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

    Source: nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/19-Aug-2011/Stratfor-disputes-OBL-killing-in-Abbottabad

    One thing that I do find of general Interest is that Obomba will not release the Photos of the “said” Bin Laden death (Unless your a Movie Producer working on a Praise Obomba film to be released later this year. However, Col. Gaddafi in Libya, Hunted by US Forces and motorcade bombed and then Gaddafi dragged out and beaten and sodomized, They will allow that to be shown on WORLD TV.

    This after the Hillary Clinton statement that Gaddafi was an “Evil Dictator”, However the U.N. was about to give an Humanitarian Award to Gaddafi. Since “when” do “Evil Dictators get Human Right’s Awards?”

    Source. community.comcast.net/t5/In-The-News/UN-Preparing-quot-Humanitarian-Award-quot-for-GADDAFI/td-p/8190241/page/2
    (You can download the *.PDF if you want further PROOF!”

    Then we have Hillary and the CIA admitting that the “Al Qaeda” is a complete “Fabrication” of the U.S. Government and Hillary outlines how the U.S. Brought them to Power in Afghanistan, And they have since been “used” as “Ronald Reagan type – FREEDOM FIGHTERS”.

    CIA Libya Rebels are Al-Qaeda Fighters From Iraq!

    Source: marketoracle.co.uk/Article27232.html

    Not only were the NTC aligned with the Al Qaeda, But they Released yet another 600 from Prisons to start the Blood Bath on the Libyans.

    Rebels Release 600 Al-Qaeda Terrorists

    Source: youtube.com/watch?v=PgBzZtzqQ_M&feature=related

    After their “job” in Libya, These U.S. Backed Al Qaeda were then “bused” to meet-up with U.S. Special Forces on the Syrian Border.

    In this video Hilary Clinton admits that the US government created and funded Al- Qaeda in order to fight the soviet union, and she even considers that as a …

    Source: youtube.com/watch?v=Dqn0bm4E9yw

    As a direct “Revelation” from these “Truth’s” We are now faced with the painted Soldier who is Gay, But loves his country and was tired of seeing the Death created by these lies. i.e. PFC. Bradley Manning. So it it alleged that he released “privet underwear streak’s of the pentaCON.”

    Instead of going after the “War Crimes” committed in the name of the United States “PEOPLE” as they sanction what their Military does, No Indictments. Yet they indict the Messenger that exposes these War Crimes. Then Charge him with leaking “classified Information to the Enemy.” But WAIT! If the Taliban as reported by Joe Biden are NOT an Enemy and Al Qaeda is a Creation of the United States CIA… Then WHO is the Enemy?

    Answer? We Are! The NDAA signing has turned the new “battle-field” onto the American Soil. It seems daily that Goering… I mean Janet Napolitano, Is adding more and more American Citizens to the “Domestic Terrorist’s” List. If that were not bad enough, Over 300 Cities in the USA now have DRONES flying over them and some armed “for now” with Tazers. (More to Come Later). Like letting a JW into your door and your flooded with “What Comes Next!”

    Since the Taliban and Al Qaeda are not Enemies, I say… Let Manning GO! Let him move on so he can get his sex change and with the DADT let him be all the “woman she/he wants to be.

    The Whole WAR on Terror is a HOAX. More people have been killed by Skate-boards in 10 years and you “DON’T” see $50,000,000,000 pumped into Safety of Skate-Boards do you. We would not have enemies if we did not go into their countries either under Our Flag or that of NATO’s and bomb their Citizens, Water & Sewer supply’s, Power Plants, Universities, Schools, TV and Radio stations all mind you under the “Humanitarian Aid”. No wonder they Hate Us.